We all ran outside with cameras and iPhones clicking. The watercolor students came running out of their studio wondering how they would ever capture a color like that. That was the ending time of our session yesterday that had started at 9am. Yesterday was the first day of class and I now have a new pendant to show for it. The teacher is Dale Smith and he originally learned the art of stone inlay here at Ghost Ranch many years ago and is now back every year to teach.
The class consists of 6 students and four of them have been taking this class for four years. Two of us are new and they have embraced us with ooos and ahhhhs for all of our work and ideas. The sessions start at 9 in the morning and the studio is open for the rest of the day and Dale fnally pushed us out the door at 9 last night.
My biggest laugh at myself yesterday was when I looked around and saw that everyone had pencils and paper, and were actually using them. I had to confess that I've never drawn out a piece of jewelry in my life and was there any paper around. I realized later that because I work in glass, it is the glass that dictates the shape and the silver just fits around whatever is there. Working with the stone, you build the base and fit the stone inside.
So much more to talk about but I have to run to class and make some magic. Have a joyfull day.
I started my journey into jewelry making in 2005 while I was working in the Berkshires in Massachusetts, an area inundated with amazing artisans. I started with glass, which led to silver, which led to inlay, which led to joy.